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Help a Mom: Birthday party ideas for a six-year-old

Posted October 8, 2013

I received this email from a mom this week. She's looking for birthday party ideas for her grade schooler. Here's what she wrote: 

My daughter is going to turn 6 on Oct. 20. Can you please ask your readers about different birthday party locations and ideas? 

We do have a birthday party database, which lists venues, entertainers and suppliers across the Triangle.

From my point of view, the kind of party that you plan depends on your budget, your family's traditions and your kid. Do you want to spend a lot of money on a big party outside the house with lots of friends or would she really prefer just a few friends for cake and a movie at your house?

What does your family do? Please share your experience in the comments box below. (If you don't see the comments box below, you'll need to log in or sign up for a WRAL account. You can do that by going to the top of the page and clicking on either "log in" or "register").

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  • shall6 Oct 10, 2013

    From my inbox:

    Oh-by all means do a dress-up and tea party. Little girls love this. Get old jewerly, clothes, shoes and old hats.
    Have the girls dress up and have cookies ready for them to decorate. Serve juice for tea and let them eat the cookies.

    Do a cookie swap. Let them bake/decorate more and then take some home in a fancy gift bag or have them decorate
    a tin.


  • gprasida Oct 9, 2013

    Thank you Goaskmom readers. It was very nice to read so many suggestions. We decided to do it at home. My daughter loves dancing so we hired a zumba instructor for 45 min :) who will different kinds of dance songs. She is excited! ...thank you all once again.

    Happy Parenting.

  • jld814 Oct 9, 2013

    Lil chef at north hills is fun!

  • karenboodee Oct 9, 2013

    I second the pumpkin decorating but encourage you to look at the recent Family Fun magazine for really cute no-cut pumpkin decorating ideas suitable for that age group. They had a candy corn colored cupcake recipe too. Simple game: guess the candy corn count (in a jar) and one ooey gooey what IS that contest with small items inside a sort of scooped out pumpkin. Craft - easy mummy candle jars - just wrapping strips around a mason jar and adding googly eyes. gift bag items - dollar store glow sticks and bracelets they can use for halloween..

    We did have one party this year that was great fun - hired an icecream truck (JAMicecream) and let the kids have at it. Once the truck was there, all I had to do was watch! All you can eat icecream was a hit with everyone and cost effective compared to renting party places.

  • lisalexander Oct 9, 2013

    My son went to a friends party at Rainbow Play Systems located off Glenwood Avenue. A huge room all to yourself for a party and the kids can play. Here is the website:

  • shall6 Oct 9, 2013

    My pleasure, Prasida!

    I will chime in the on the PJ party/almost sleepover. My daughter went to one of these a couple of years ago and loved it. Kids have a blast and go home and get a decent night sleep so they aren't exhausted the next day.


  • rvpatel Oct 9, 2013

    We have not had it yet, but on Saturday we will have a birthday party at a dance studio. You don't need to be a member. They will host a 1.5 hr party that includes a dance lesson geared toward the age of the child and theme they choose, games, and a craft. I am supplying the decorations and food.

    Other options are the Science Museum, Paint your pottery place, Bounce Houses. Or what about a tea party? or pumpkin farm (you can decorate pumpkins for your craft and go on a hayride!

    I am curious where the previous poster had their indoor pool party? Also, I LOVE The PJ Party, no sleepover idea.

  • lilypony Oct 9, 2013

    We had my daughter's 6th at AC Moore craft store. I provided the cake and goodies, all plates and whatnot. I purchased two different $1 crafts for each child to do and provided the needed supplies from my personal stash. You can bring as much as you want as long as you buy something from them. They're not as hands-on as other venues. A few moms and I supervised the craft making and ran a couple of games as well. It was the perfect blend of not being in my house and having complete options over how to run the party. Also, they clean up for you... although we did. My grand total for the day was around $125 including the cake and everything for 10-12 kids.

  • pulstar40 Oct 9, 2013

    We just held our granddaughter's birthday party at a bowling alley (she turned 7, but most of the kids were 6). No worries then about the weather, and they provided an hour of bowling, the cake and drinks and each child received some tokens to use in the game room. They also had each child sign a bowling pin for the birthday child as a souvenir of the party.

  • nor98 Oct 9, 2013

    For my daughter's 6 year old party, we had a pajama party-no sleepover--from 5:30-8pm. They decorated pillowcases, watched a movie, ate pizza and cake. We have also done the indoor pool parties with a luau theme for 7 & 8. Those were good too. She went to one where the mom hired some high school cheerleaders to come teach some cheers to the girls. She loved going to that one too.